Democratic Republic of the Congo

Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Renewed fighting displaces hundreds of thousands of people.

Rape as a Weapon of War

The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest rates of sexual and gender based violence in the world. Here, it is more dangerous to be a woman than a solider. Armed combatants frequently rape women and girls as a weapon of war. 

Country Info

CARE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has strengthened its structure and strategy to assist the most vulnerable members of Congolese society eradicate poverty and reduce their vulnerability to social injustice. Our target groups include poor and vulnerable women, adolescent girls and boys as well as displaced and returning populations.

We are committed to promoting their fundamental rights, their full participation in the governance of their communities and in the peaceful, sustainable development of their country. Working with civil society and the government, CARE DRC addresses the root causes of poverty along the entire aid continuum.

Our Work in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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LIFTing HIV Patients By Connecting them to Services

LIFTing HIV Patients By Connecting them to Services

Using paper referrals and a bottom up approach to community services for HIV positive patients, CARE’s LIFT II project serves 6,400 people in Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo by connecting them to Village Savings and Loan/ and food security opportunities.

In 2013, with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ) awarded LIFT II to a consortium headed by FHI 360. LIFT...

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LIFTing HIV Patients Into Services

This 2 page summary describes CARE's work in Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo under the LIFT II program.

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Son, this is how to be a man

Michael Alandu is the governance advisor for CARE International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He wrote this open letter to his three-year-old son, John Paul, explaining why he won't be at their home in the Atlanta suburbs for Father's Day. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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Strengthening Women's Voice

Outlines the major findings of the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC from 2009 to 2013. GLAI aimed to contribute to the increased protection of women and girls against GBV in the Great Lakes region.

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Challenging Gender-based Violence Worldwide: CARE's Program Evidence

Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013

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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

CARE is pleased to be participating in the Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London from June 10-13. The summit brings together leaders from around the world to commit to ending sexual violence in conflict. The summit comes at a key moment in international efforts to end sexual violence in conflict, including commitments made under UNSCR 1325, 1820 and their successor resolutions, and the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

CARE is very active in the summit, and in working to prevent conflict and mitigate harm from conflict around the world....

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Fact Sheet 2012

Norwegian Refugee Council – Education: A Lifeline in Emergencies

Half of the world’s out-of-school children live in conflict-affected areas. Getting those children back to school can save their lives, their health – and their futures.

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DRC, Micro-Savings and Survivors of Violence

Village savings and loans groups within a holistic socio-economic approach to helping survivors of sexual and other forms of gender based violence

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